233 Coldharbour Lane, or as we know it today, Loco

For many years now, 233 Coldharbour Lane has been open as a mini supermarket named Loco. This store is opposite the Tesco store which took over the Warrior pub after it closed, I think,  in 2002,  having been open since it was built in 1868.  To the left of the photo is a fish and chip shop and then on the corner of Hinton Road, what was the Green Man pub, now the Green Man Skills Centre.

Loco 233 Coldharbour Lane

The earliest record I could find was from 1856 when a William Mercer ran a grocery from 1 & 2 Maria Place, later renumbered as 233 Coldharbour Lane in 1874. He was succeeded by his son  Frederick Mercer in 1864.  Local trade directories held at Minet Library, home of Lambeth Archives show Frederick still in business in 1873.

From 1876 , Thomas King is listed running a grocery business at 233 CL . He was also an agent for WA Gilber, a wine & spirit merchant.  Thomas King is last listed in 1892 and by this date the business had become wine & spirit shop. In the 1881 census, Thomas King is listed along with wife Jane and their children Kate, Ethel, Frederick, Walter, Elizabeth and Annie and a sister also named Elizabeth.

Thomas Senior is listed a owning the shop through 1895 till 1898. Then James Batten from 1901 to 1903. And a company named Patrick and Macgregor Ltd for a couple of years 1905-1906.

In 1907 arrives Frederick Charles Whitehead & Co and he runs the business until 1912. Luckily for us we have this postcard of Harbour Stores.

Loughborough Junction Harbour Stores 233 CL

Obviously, the taking of this photo was of great interest to many locals. I guess that is Frederick Whitehead standing at the entrance.

Next door to the left is Leggatt’s a furniture dealer. Thomas David Leggatt was there from 1888 to 1919. It then became one of the many Jaffe fish & chip shops.

From 1914, Patrick and Macgregor Ltd return to run the business, followed by Charles Albert Davis, from 1920 to 1929.

During 1930, the shop was taken on by E & AM Page, Ernest and Amelia Page through to 1971.  During the replacing of the old Loco shop sign for a new sign shown at the top of the article, the original Ernest Page sign was uncovered for a while.

Ernest Page , 233 Coldharbour lane

I don’t have a credit for this photo, if it is yours, please let me know and I will credit you.

Ernest & Amelia Page ran other wine & other spirit shops, including 78 Loughborough Road from 1928 till 1967. And I understand shops in Peckham, Oval, Herne Hill and South Lambeth Road.

For more information about 78 Loughborough Road, later renumbered 102, please take a look at the fantastic blog all about the people and places of Loughborough Road.


From 1975 the wine & spirit shop is run by a national chain called Unwins, I have them there until 1986.  Haven’t been able to find out when Unwins stopped running the store. Or what was there between 1987 and 2008 when is became the Sunstar grocery. My memory is poor. Any help would be welcome.

Sunstar Food and Wines, 233 Coldharbour Lane

And the Loco from 2013. Here is their old shop sign which as we see at the top of the blog was replaced in 2013.

Loco Food and Wine, 233 Coldharbour Lane


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Loughborough Junction by Colin Connaughton

Colin Connaughton www.imagekind.com

This painting , a view from Loughborough Junction Train Station was painted in 2012.

It is available from Imagekind on this link


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Camberwell Palace

I am researching/collecting information about the Camberwell Palace for an eventual publication. I would be very grateful for any material.i.e. posters, programmes and photos you may have. Scanned versions, are fine and you can send them to loughboroughjunction@gmail.com

I would also like to hear your memories of visiting the Camberwell Palace for a show, pantomime or even messing around inside after it was closed.

Thanks very much , John

Part of the Southwark Art Colllection, GA1010.

This painting of Camberwell Palace is by William Keddie Forrester dated 1957. He lived in Dulwich and painted many scenes from the local area.

It was located on the corner of Denmark Hill and Orpheus Street, opposite the Post Office.

Camberwell Palace postcard

It was built in 1898/1899 and closed in 1956 and was demolished shortly after. It was mostly a variety hall and in it’s later days featured girlie shows mixed with variety acts. A sad end to a fine looking theatre.

A shop window poster for Camberwell Palace for week commencing 15th May 1950.

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Just for clarification, the Pub shown on the right was the Bulls Head later renamed The Metropole after the Metropole theatre on the corner of Denmark Hill and Coldharbour Lane was built in the 1890s. It was demolished in the 1920s for at first the Bijou picture palace then of course the Post Office. More on the Bulls head here


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Milestone or Distance marker: recently uncovered on Denmark Hill

This distance marker was recently uncovered on Denmark Hill.



Located between what were Swiftclean and the Butchers shop at 10 & 12 Denmark Hill. Previously covered over with render as seen in the photo from Google streetview dated October 2015.

Capture from Google streetview Oct 2015

And this is how it was photographed for the Milestone Society in 2009.


Reference: SY_LODU03

Roadside marker photo from msocrepositary.co.uk (ref SY_LODU03) dated 2009

The Standard in Cornhill was according to Wikipedia ” the first mechanically pumped public water supply in London, constructed in 1582 on the site of earlier hand-pumped wells and gravity-fed conduits. The mechanism, a force pump driven by a water wheel under the northernmost arch of London Bridge, transferred water from the Thames through lead pipes to four outlets. The service was discontinued in 1603. This became the mark from which many distances to and from London were measured and the name still appears on older mileposts

This plaque appears at the site and is at  59-60 Cornhill. Taken from


The Standard Cornhill

Congratulations to whoever spent time and effort in removing the render.




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Two paintings of the Joiner’s Arms, Denmark Hill

Joiners' Arms Inn by JT Wilson City, 1850, City of London Metropolitan Archives

This painting by JT Wilson, dated 1850 is part of the City of London Metropolitan collection.



This painting shows The Cage and the Joiner’s Arms and was painted by Edward Arthur Phipson in 1922. Part of the Southwark Council Art Collection.


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Champion Hill Near Camberwell

Published in The Lady’s Magazine in 1796 this poem is credited to M.

Champion Hill Near Camberwell 1

Champion Hill Near Camberwell 2 signed M The Ladies magazine 1796

The Lady's Magazine, June 1796

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Denmark Hill Station by Lily Forwood

Lily Forwood Denmark Hill Station


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Russell’s Outfitters, Denmark Hill

Russell's Outfitters Denmark Hill 1920s attributed to L.G. Southwark GA1091

Painted in the 1920s and attributed to L.G., this painting is part of the Southwark Art Collection, GA 1091.

It shows the Denmark Hill shop of Russell & Co, who were linen drapers. They opened their business in the late 1870s at 66 & 68 Denmark Hill. They suceeded in business from Hills and Bamford who opened their store in 1857 at 5 & 6 High Street later 66 & 68 Denmark Hill. In 1894, Russell & Co expanded to 64 & 66 & 68 & 70 Denmark Hill. The business lasted until 1967 when the stores were divided back into three individual businesses, the National Provincial Bank, later called Natwest, Skilbeck Dry Cleaners and the wonderfully named Humpty Dumpty restaurant  later to become the Golden Grill.

1908c Denmark Hill (111) pu 1908

This postcard dates from before 1908 and shows rather elegant ladies  & children outside Russells.

From the South London Press 14th January 1905 is this advertisment.

C Russell and & Co from South London Press Jan 14 1905

The following advertisment was copied from a 1950s Camberwell Borough Yearbook.

Advertisment from early Camberwell Quarterly

Love to hear from anyone with memories of Russell’s.


Southwark Art collection

British Newspaper Archive



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The YMCA Hut on Camberwell Green

Borough of Camberwell YMCA Hut & Garden

The YMCA first started providing recreation tents to our Armed Forces in the summer of 1901, for the muster of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers at Conway, North Wales. In the beginning they were mostly tented canteens for annual manoeuvres of the Territorial Army.

At the outbreak of WW1, the YMCA was asked to provide recreation centres, known as huts, 370 alone in France and Belgium and very many more all over the UK and the Commonwealth. Servicemen could buy cigarettes, coffe, cocoa and cakes. The larger versions usually had a reading room for books and the latest newspapers and magazines. And all kinds of games. The YMCA also supplied notepaper, envelopes and postcards for letters home. By August 1918, British and Allied soldiers had written some 200 million letters or cards home.

What we know about the Camberwell Green YMCA is taken from a report written by Mr AT Dyer, Hon secretary of YMCA Camberwell for his bosses and a description of the Hut by Mr Alfred Weeks. Mr Dyer had started as a voluntary worker working through the night three times a week guiding soldiers from station to station through the blackout. In 1915 he was involved in raising funds for new huts in France. Despite the refusal of the Borough of Camberwell to co-operate – by a vote of 18 out of 20 – in the beginning and after an appeal to local churches and the community in 15 weeks they raised sufficient funds for a Camberwell hut in France. He also organised collections for funds to provide watercress for brewing tea and supplied to all the Camberwell military hospitals with over 3000 patients served weekly. He also oragnised for convalescent patients to be taken out on trips to exhibitions, theatres and to local parks.

Kings College Hospital

Denmark Hill near Camberwell. 4th London General WWHospital, RAMC(T). Group. W Greening DH C1915

And St Gabriels College on Cormont Road

1st London General Hospital Cormont Road SW Card House

In 1917, he finally was able to build a hut on Camberwell Green, not without some opposition from locals who feared damage to the Green. Fund raising was started in December 1916 and over £6,000 was raised from the local community. The hut was opened on Empire Day , 24 May 1917. It was built by J McManus Ltd and it was managed by Miss Majorie Butter. The number of men who slept or passed through during this time was over 10,000 per week.

Here are some postcard photos of the YMCA exterior.

In the 1st to 3rd  postcards you can see the upper part of the Father Red Cap pub still standing today.

Camberwell Borough Hut YMCA Commercial Photographic Co circa 1920

WW1 Recuperating huts on Camberwell Green, Father Red Cap in background

Camberwell YMCA Hut 2

YMCA Hut Camberwell Green 4

Another view, looking from Camberwell Road eastwards towards D’Eynsford Road.

Y.M.C.A. Camberwell Borough

Alfred Weeks, a representative of the Metropolitan Sunday Schools offers us the following descriptions of the YMCA hut. He described it as a “long rambling building, like a golfing pavilion, confronted by a fresh grass lawn, studded with trees and geranium beds, and backed by a clear blue sky…” The entrance was right on the street. He described the inside as “some old baronial banqueting hall”

Camberwell borough YMCA Hut

“…At one end a counter spread with multitudinous plates and light refreshments. The hall is rectangular in form, the further end being cut off to form a billiard room…  The billiard rooms consisted of four tables with two large windows. One window had the YMCA emblem embossed on it and the other the arms of Camberwell.

Camberwell Borough Hut, YMCA

The next two postcards show the reading and writing “quiet” sections. The pictures were mostly scenes of country life though there was a copy of Raphael’s Madonna di San Sisto. YMCA Hut Camberwell Green 1917 inside

Camberwell Borough YMCA Hut with piano

There was also a kit room for storage of soldiers gear and and a rifle rack, with tickets issued for later collection.

Finally at one end the dormitary with beds for 130 , and next to that staff bedrooms and a seperate space to accomodate 20 NCO’s.  The building was heated by three stoves.

Camberwell YMCA Hut 1

A YMCA fundraising postcard, one of a series of 312 postcards.

The YMCA Hut fund postcard

In 1923, Russell Reeve painted this water-colour, presumably from memory or postcard reminders, of the YMCA Hut, Camberwell Green, now part of the Southwark Council Art collection (ref GA0079).


After 1920 the hut was used by the Ministry of Labour until 1921 as a Labour exchange

YMCA Hut Labour Exchange before 1921

when it was burnt down in January 1921 in a suspicous fire.

YMCA Hut fire The Globe Jan 15 1921

Newspaper report from The Globe January 15, 1921

Thanks to

Southwark Archives for their help with tracking down relevant documents.

The YMCA in the First World War by Sue McGeever and Andrew Gill.

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Alberto Petrozzi, barber, Camberwell Green

I have lived in the Loughborough junction area for over 42 years, and for 39 of those years I have had my hair cut at Albertos on Camberwell Green.

Albert Petrozzi

In that time we have had many conversations and I learned just a little about his life. He was born like his 5 brothers and 1 sister in Newcastle.  His father and mother emigrated to Newcastle where all the children were born. His father was a shoemaker. They returned to Italy in 1936 when Alberto was 4 years old where his father joined the army. Italy is where Alberto learned barbering.

He returned to the UK in 1948 and started working in London’s West End and Southampton. He opened Albertos in March 1961 having worked in a barber shop around the corner on Camberwell New Road.

Alberto Hair Sylists 1972 London Metropolitan Archives 54533

Photo: London Metropolitan Archives, 1972. reference 54533

He was a fixture in Camberwell ever since.

Alberto Petrozzi (1932-2019), it’s been a pleasure. RIP.



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